The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
For more information about how to attend, go to the “About the Theater” link at the top of this page.
Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Thursday, Oct. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
MURPHY’S ROMANCE (Columbia, 1986)
James Garner received his only Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the title character Murphy Jones, a widowed druggist in a small Arizona town. He develops a cautious friendship with Emma (Sally Field), who moves to town with her son Jake (Corey Haim) to start a new life. In spite of their age difference and the appearance of Emma’s shiftless ex-husband (Brian Kerwin), sparks finally ignite. This subtle romantic comedy was directed by Martin Ritt.
Color, 107 minutes
Friday, Oct. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (MGM, 1964)
Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's cutting black comedy stars James Garner as Charlie Madison, a cynical American Naval Officer with a cushy job, as an adjutant to Rear Admiral William Jessup (Melvyn Douglas) in 1944 London. Charlie’s plans to avoid military action unravel when he falls for British war widow Emily Barham (Julie Andrews), and his commanding officer's mental breakdown leads to Charlie being selected as the first man to storm Omaha Beach. Controversial upon its original release, “The Americanization of Emily” was an anti-war film, poking fun at mindless patriotism years before such films were fashionable. The film earned Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.
Black & white, 115 minutes
Saturday, Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (Warner Bros., 1944)
Howard Hawks directed this classic WWII adventure thriller, loosely based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel. Humphrey Bogart stars as American expatriate Harry Morgan, who helps transport a Free French Resistance leader and his wife to Martinique while romancing Marie Browning, a seductive petty thief. Lauren Bacall made her acting debut as the sultry Marie, all the while falling in love with Bogart both on and off screen. Her performance garnered rave reviews with the usually reserved James Agee writing "Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn...a javelin like vitality, a born dancer's eloquence in movement, a fierce female shrewdness and a special sweet-sourness." She also got to speak one of filmdom’s most famous lines: "You know how to whistle, don't you?" Co-starring Walter Brennan and Hoagy Carmichael.
Black & white, 100 minutes
Thursday, Oct. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
DARK PASSAGE (Warner Bros., 1947)
In their third movie together, Humphrey Bogart plays an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife's murder, who takes refuge in the apartment a mysterious woman (Lauren Bacall) he's just met. Delmar Daves directed this film noir that is notable for the use of a first-person point-of -view camera from the perspective of the accused man for the first third of the movie. The film also features Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett and Houseley Stevenson in the cast.
Black & white, 106 minutes
Friday, Oct. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
THRILLER (ITV, 1974)
Produced in the UK between 1973 and 1976, “Thriller” was a series of 43 short made-for-TV films, each written by prolific film and TV scribe Brian Clemens. Similar to “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” the films were later imported into the U.S. for showing as part of ABC’s late-night offering “ABC Wide World of Entertainment.” Since their original airing, the series has developed a loyal cult following due to its inventive plots, clever twists and colorful casting. Two episodes will be shown: “In the Steps of a Dead Man” and “I’m the Girl He Wants to Kill.”
Black & white, 120 minutes
Saturday, Oct. 25 (2:00 p.m.)
CASPER (Universal, 1995)
Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented “ghost story" stars Bill Pullman as ghost psychiatrist James Harvey hired by the cranky Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) to rid the rickety old house she inherited of spirits so she can find a treasure trove rumored to be hidden there. Her plan backfires when James's daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) befriends Casper, the friendly phantom who inhabits the place, along with The Ghostly Trio. Directed by Brad Silberling, the family fantasy-comedy was praised for its visual elements, which bring Casper to computer-generated life with impressive special effects and an enchanting production design.
Color, 100 minutes
Saturday, Oct. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (Paramount, 1971, R-rated *)
A rock musician confronts a stranger he believes is stalking him and accidentally stabs the man to death. The following day, he receives an envelope containing photographs of the shocking murder and an apparent blackmail begins. Italian horror master Dario Argento directed this chilling tale of terror that stars Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer and Jean-Pierre Marielle. The film is in Italian with English subtitles. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 104 minutes
Thursday, Oct. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
THE WITCHING HOUR (Paramount, 1921)
In this second of three film adaptations (1916 and 1934) of Augustus Thomas’s hit Broadway play, Jack Brookfield (Elliot Dexter), a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne (future director Edward Sutherland), Thorne kills an enemy of Brookfield's while under a trance. No one believes Brookfield's protestations that Thorne is innocent of any murderous intent, so Brookfield teams up with a retired lawyer in hopes of saving the young man from the gallows. Made a year before director William Desmond Taylor was mysteriously murdered, this mystery/drama is one of the few films he directed known to survive. Film historian and silent film score composer Jon Mirsalis will provide live musical accompaniment. Mirsalis viewed this print that was preserved by the Library of Congress in 1985 and remarked that it was “very spooky with lots of visual touches.”
Black & white, 82 minutes
Friday, Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (Cannon Film Distributors, 1984, R-rated *)
Neil Jordan directed this dark and foreboding take on "Little Red Riding Hood" set in modern times. Rosaleen's (Sarah Patterson) grandmother (Angela Lansbury) tells her cautionary stories about innocent girls led astray by handsome men with heavy eyebrows and wolves howling at the full moon. This prompts Rosaleen to create her own fantasies about men and sexuality. David Warner and Stephen Rea co-star in the disturbing tale. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 95 minutes
HALLOWEEN MYSTERY MOVIE (R-rated *)
This skin-crawling, R-rated horror film will begin at 9:30 p.m. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 97 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
SCARAMOUCHE (Metro, 1923)
Rex Ingram directed this captivating adaptation of the romantic adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, set during the French Revolution. Ramon Novarro stars as Andre, a law student who joins the revolutionaries after his friend is killed by a nobleman. In his adventures, Andre hides out with a troupe of actors while playing the role of the clown Scaramouche, becomes a famous swordsman and a member of the new government. The film also stars Alice Terry as the woman Andre loves and Lewis Stone as his nemesis, the Marquis. Andrew Earle Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 124 minutes
Thursday, Nov. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
VERDI AND THE SILENT FILM (Various, c. 1911)
The relationship between composer Giuseppe Verdi and early cinema will be explored in a program that includes extracts from the rarely seen film, “Giuseppe Verdi: Nella Vita e Nella Gloria” (Labor Films, Rome, 1913). Directed by Giuseppe Di Ligouro, the film was released in the U.S. in 1914 under the title” The Life and Work of Verdi.” The early silent version of Verdi’s “Aida” (Edison, 1911) will also be screened. Directed by Oscar Apfel and J. Searle Dawley, it is one of the earliest and most ambitious attempts to bring grand opera to the screen. The program will be presented by Dr. Paul Fryer, Associate Director of Research and Director of The Stanislavski Centre at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in the UK. Film sources are The Cineteca Nazionale in Rome, La Cineteca Del Friuli, Gemona, and EYE, film institute Nederland. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Makia Matsumura making her Packard Campus Theater debut.
Black & white, 90 minutes
Friday, Nov. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (RKO, 1939)
Charles Laughton in a haunting and unforgettable performance plays the misshapen bell-ringer Quasimodo who rescues a gypsy girl (Maureen O’Hara), falsely accused of witchcraft and murder. William Dieterle directed this moving adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The film was praised for its massive production design of 15th-century Paris, Alfred Newman's rousing score, beautiful camerawork, and outstanding performances which also include Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Edmond O'Brien in his film debut.
Black & white, 117 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE: DOCUMENTING HISTORIC SOUND IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
Since August 2011, Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright, The 78 Project’s creators, have been traveling across the United States, recording contemporary musicians on a 1930s Presto disc recorder, and filming their journey for an ongoing web series and a recently completed feature film. The documentary includes interviews with Packard Campus staffers Brad McCoy and Matt Barton. The filmmakers will introduce the film and answer questions about the project and their experiences.
Color, 96 min.
Thursday, Nov. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
HERE'S EDIE: THE BEST OF EDIE ADAMS ON TELEVISION (1960s)
Edie Adams (1927-2008) may be best known as the Muriel Cigar girl, for her movie roles in "The Apartment" and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," or for being the widow of actor and comedian Ernie Kovacs. Her work as creator/producer/star of her own variety series on ABC or as a pioneer television conservationist is often overlooked. Adams' tireless efforts going back to the 1960s to locate, acquire and save the television programs of her late husband won Kovacs a new generation of fans in the 1970s, and two recent DVD box sets have done even more to boost his reputation as "television's original genius." This program of highlights from Adams' successful and inventive variety series "Here's Edie" (ABC, 1962-64) will be presented by Ben Model, archivist for the Kovacs/Adams collection. The 21 episodes of the show were released on a DVD box set last year, thanks to the work of Adams' son Josh Mills, and had been unseen since they first aired. Look for guest stars Sammy Davis, Jr., Terry-Thomas,Rowan & Martin and Soupy Sales among others in the songs and sketches that will be presented.
Black & white, 120 minutes
Friday, Nov. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
MARCEL PEREZ: INTERNATIONAL SILENT COMEDIAN REDISCOVERED (1912-1925)
Probably the greatest silent film comedian you've never heard of is Spanish-born Marcel Perez. Part of the first generation of screen clowns, his career began in Paris in 1900 and flourished until 1928. During that time Perez helped create the ground rules for the genre in Europe and continued to refine the basics in the United States. An international favorite, Perez was, along with Max Linder, one of the few direct links between European and American silent comedy, and made more than 200 starring shorts. The obscurity that he’s fallen into today is due to the scarcity of his surviving work combined with the gypsy-like way he traveled through early screen comedy – constantly renaming himself and his screen character. Fortunately, several of his films survive and have been preserved by the Library of Congress. This evening of rare Marcel Perez comedies will introduced by film historian Steve Massa who is largely responsible for Perez' recent discovery by classic film fans, and accompanied by Ben Model who, in cooperation with the Library of Congress, is producing a new DVD "The Marcel Perez Collection" due out by the end of this year.
Black & white, 120 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
1939 DOUBLE FEATURE
IN NAME ONLY (RKO, 1939)
In this romantic melodrama, Carole Lombard plays widow Julie Eden, who meets and falls in love with unhappily married Alec Walker (Cary Grant). Alec’s manipulative wife, Maida (Kay Francis), who married him only for his wealth and family prestige, refuses to give Alec a divorce. She convinces everyone -- even Alec's parents -- that she is the victimized one and that Alec is an irresponsible philanderer. The usually dour New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote, “The story, while obvious, is thoroughly convincing, thanks to the ‘natural’ attack which director John Cromwell has taken upon it and to some delightfully pleasing dialogue…. And a generally excellent cast contribute in making this one of the most adult and enjoyable pictures of the season.”
Black & white, 94 minutes
BACHELOR MOTHER (RKO, 1939)
Ginger Rogers shines in one of her best comic roles as Polly Parrish, a salesgirl at a large New York City department store. The unattached Polly leads a quiet life until she surprisingly finds herself the caretaker of an abandoned infant, while everyone believes that she is the actual mother. New York Times critic Frank Nugent wrote, “Although the theme of mistaken maternity is one of the venerables of farce, this treatment of it—written by Norman Krasna, directed by Garson Kanin and played by so many pleasant people—is too logical, too human, too humorous for outright farce. It is comedy, simple if not always pure, and we must call it one of the season's gayest shows.” This sparkling farce which also stars David Niven and Charles Coburn became one of RKO's biggest box-office champions, in that championship year of 1939.
Black & white, 82 minutes
Thursday, Nov. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
A NIGHT OF ELECTRIC BLUES: GREAT BLUES PERFORMANCES ON TV (1955-1989)
Selected from the Library’s video collections and digitally restored by Video Preservation Specialists at the Packard Campus, this memorable evening features legendary blues artists in rare performances, most of which have not been seen since their original airings. Included on the program are Bo Diddley on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Big Mama Thornton on the BBC, The Rolling Stones on “Hollywood Palace,” Muddy Waters on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Howlin’ Wolf on the BBC, Freddie King and Lightnin’ Hopkins on the PBS series “Boboquivari,” Albert King and Van Morrison on the PBS Series “Fanfare,” Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter on “Soundstage,” Etta James on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and John Lee Hooker from the Lomax Collection, which has never been broadcast.
Color and Black & white, 120 minutes
Friday, Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT - SILENT VERSION (Universal, 1930)
The transition from the silent to the sound era in cinema did not happen overnight. Theater owners were faced with the high cost of installing the needed equipment and studios wanted to continue to release their films to the foreign market, which was simple enough to do by changing the title cards. One solution was to make two versions of a film, which is what director Lewis Milestone did with “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Many consider it one of the finest silent films of all time—and one that very few people know exists, because the sound version of it is so famous. This vivid, poignant adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s eloquent pacifist novel about German boys’ experiences as soldiers during World War I stars Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Raymond Griffith and Slim Summerville. The film was restored in 1998 by the Library of Congress and added to the National Film Registry in 1990. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by London-based Stephen Horne for this rare screening of the silent version the Academy Award winner for best picture and best direction.
Black & white, 133 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 22 (2:00 p.m.)
SUSANNAH OF THE MOUNTIES (20th Century Fox, 1939)
Iconic child star Shirley Temple stars as Susannah Sheldon, the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train crossing the Canadian frontier. Befriended by Canadian Mountie Angus Montague (Randolph Scott) and his friend, Pat O'Hannegan (J. Farrell MacDonald) who take Susannah under their wing, the orphan makes friends with a chief's son and helps to negotiate peace when the Indian attacks resume after horses are stolen from the railroad camp. William A. Seiter and Walter Lang directed the family drama which also stars Margaret Lockwood and Victor Jory.
Black & white, 79 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
DARK VICTORY (Warner Bros., 1939)
Bette Davis was Oscar-nominated for her portrayal of Judith Traherne, a wealthy Long Island heiress whose pleasure-seeking lifestyle is put on hold when she begins suffering from headaches and dizzy spells. Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) informs Judith that she has a brain tumor that could threaten her life if not treated immediately. Edmund Goulding directed this romantic drama that also features Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ronald Reagan. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best original score for Max Steiner,who was also nominated for scoring “Gone With the Wind” the same year.
Black & white, 104 minutes
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